Johnson wins BMW Championship by three strokes

Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:43pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson joined elite company with his three-stroke victory over Paul Casey at the BMW Championship in Indiana on Sunday.

Johnson collected his 12th PGA Tour title since joining the tour in 2008, a record bettered only by Tiger Woods.

Woods has 18 victories in that period, while Rory McIlroy also has 12.

Not that Johnson was thinking about his place among the elite as he recovered from a faltering start in the final round at Crooked Stick in Carmel.

It took him only three holes to give up his three-shot lead to Casey but four birdies in the next five holes re-established his advantage and he was never headed again.

The U.S. Open champion continued the best year of his career, carding 67 to finish at 23-under-par 265.

"I hit a lot of good shots, a couple of bad misses but other than that played really solid all week," Johnson, 32, said in a greenside interview.

"I got a lot of confidence in every part of my game, especially all the work I’ve put in on my wedges has really paid off this year, and this week I (used a) new putter and it really worked."

Englishman Casey also shot 67 for second place on 20 under, his second consecutive runner-up finish, with American Roberto Castro (67) another three shots back in third place. Johnson finished 11 strokes clear of fourth place.   Continued...

Sep 11, 2016; Carmel, IN, USA;  Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick GC. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports